Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
Short Film Written and Directed by Kate Hackett
Starring Natalie Smyka, Cameron Cash
Cinematography by Cat Deakins
Original Score by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Setting: California, 1886
In the opening scene Estella is calling for her fiancée Stephen. Her parents are worried about her state of mind. They go to see a hypnotist named Dr. Daniel Hale. Her mother ends up inviting Dr. Hale to stay with them so that he can help Estella.
As Estella and Dr. Hale walk into town, he asks her about Stephen. She is the only person that seems able to see him and people are becoming worried that she is going mad. But Estella is also strong-willed. Dr. Hale realizes things about her that she doesn’t see herself. The only thing is that Estella thinks he’s a fake.
Doesn’t this sound like some of the historical romances that you read? Maybe it’s one that you’ve heard on tape? Why not go over to http://vimeo.com/36516384 and watch the film. It’s what is considered a short film so it will only take 24 minutes of your time but you will not be disappointed. It is very well done.
You want to watch it all the way until the end otherwise you’ll miss an interesting ending. But you are also left having questions as to what happens next? You won’t be surprised to find out that it has won several awards. If you would like to know more about how this film was made, you should follow this link http://www.perioddramas.com/articles/making-the-short-period-drama-mesmerize-me.php.